Monday, 4th December 2017
Ive been trying to visit more museums and do more things this year. As anyone who lives in central London will tell you, you never actually visit any of the museums, art galleries that are here unless you have friends visiting! So I have been trying to break out of this habit and just go and see exhibitions whenever they’re on. This week I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition (ends Feb 2018) which is on at The British Library until February (the adult ticket is reduced from £15 to £6 if you’re disabled, plus there’s a free carer ticket too).
I have loved Harry Potter since the third book came out (I wasn’t picky about the first two, it’s just that I hadn’t heard of the books till then), but you don’t have to be an Harry Potter fan to enjoy this exhibition as it’s not just about those books. The exhibition also allows you to see books and items relating to magic in its widest sense (astronomy, alchemy, fortune telling, medicinal plants etc) that are hundreds of years old. It’s really fascinating stuff and well worth the trip.
Whilst I was there, I also took the opportunity to look at some of their other permanent exhibits, including folios of Shakespeare, letters from Queen Victoria, Beatles lyrics and (a must for all lawyers) a copy of Magna Carta. I then rounded the day of with a Harry Potter-themed cocktail from a nearby restaurant- I warn you, they’re very strong!!
I also finally got to visit the Shard for lunch (my October booking was cancelled at the last minute because their kitchen had flooded!), and it was well worth the wait to see the view.
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